Title: Blame it on The Mistletoe
Author: Eli Easton
Narrator: Jason Frazier
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
When physics grad student Fielding Monroe and skirt-chaser and football player Mick Colman become college housemates, they’re both in for a whole new education. Mick looks out for the absent-minded genius, and he helps Fielding clean up his appearance and discover all the silly pleasures his strict upbringing as a child prodigy denied him. They become best friends.
It’s all well and good until they run into a cheerleader who calls Mick the “best kisser on campus”. Fielding has never been kissed, and he decides Mick and only Mick can teach him how it’s done. After all, the physics department’s Christmas party is coming up with its dreaded mistletoe. Fielding wants to impress his peers and look cool for once in his life. The thing about Fielding is, once he locks onto an idea, it’s almost impossible to get him to change his mind. And he just doesn’t understand why his straight best friend would have a problem providing a little demonstration.
Mick knows kissing is a dangerous game. If he gives in, it would take a miracle for the thing not to turn into a disaster. Then again, if the kissing lessons get out of hand, they can always blame it on the mistletoe.
My View – Story:
I first read Blame in on the Misletoe by Eli Easton as a eBook when it first came out in 2013. I instantly fell in love with the story. First of all geek meets jock, yeah I have a soft spot for those tropes. Gay/out for you… umm yeah another soft spot… Christmas story… you guessed it third soft post.
Here is what I had to say on first blush:
Eli Easton is a relatively new author in the MM Genre, but I am hoping she will be around for a while. She has quickly gained Auto-Buy status for me. Blame It On The Mistletoe is a perfect example of why this is. She writes incredibly adorable, dorky, lovable characters and does so with sensitivity and humor. They are written as real people, not over the top caricatures. Fielding Monroe is a very sheltered and intelligent boy going to college for the first time as a grad student. Mick is a former football player, looking to buckle down and take his studies seriously. They end up as housemates and Mick takes it upon himself to broaden Fielding’s horizons (not that way, you perv). They become best friends, but do they want more? It really was a sweet tale told in the first person from Mick’s POV. As such, we don’t know for sure how much is Fielding is manipulating the situation, but I had a smile through most of it. There was the inevitable heart-string pulling, of course. The prose was written with subtle humor, for which I have a great affinity.
If you love adorkable characters, and you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend Puzzle Me This by Ms. Easton as well. Now I need to go get Superhero…
My View – Narration:
I chose to listen to Blame It on the Mistletoe on my flight to Chicago for GRL. It was the perfect length for that flight and gave me something to block out the airplane noise. It also gave me something to immerse myself in, so I didn’t notice the length of the flight. Without appropriate narration, I would not have been able to accomplish my goal. Jason Frazier did an outstanding job as Mick. I felt like I was in his head. Struggling with him every step of the way.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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